Thursday, July 27, 2006

It's the Same SAK.

I got an e-mail a few days ago from someone on our mailing list. We had recently sent out an e-mail about our new show FourPlay: the (Improvised) Musical. Here is the person's response/inquiry:

The name of the show sounds like it could be an indication of off colored jokes.
Is the show still going to be family orientated and kept clean?
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Here is my response:

Thanks for your inquiry about FourPlay: the (Improvised) Musical.

Fear Not!! The show is not a departure from our standard fare on the content scale. Granted, our clever play on words certainly does cause one’s head to look again. But that’s just what we are hoping for! There are 4 actors in the show creating 16 characters and creating 20 never before sung songs. 4 Actors Playing – that’s FourPlay!

We have always strived to provide entertainment that is suitable for all ages. We often explore and lambast themes and emotions common to everyone – we toy with the good and the bad in all of us. We have dedicated ourselves to curb the use of profanity and vulgar language in our shows – something we’re very proud of which has helped us build our reputation as family friendly. We don’t shy away from sensitive topics, familial dysfunctions or political references. But we do it in an appropriate fashion. We do, as you know, have our “Scum Box” handy for times when our players go beyond decorum and appropriateness. We use that in our “Duel of Fools” show. Since FourPlay is a complete 2 act play in the style of a Broadway Musical, we don’t use the Scum Box, but the standards it represents are respected and understood in all our shows unless specifically stated otherwise.

If you’ve been to our theater before you know that there is no shortage of lampooning stereotypes and we are certainly guilty many times of not being politically correct. But as thousands of wonderful fans have experienced its all in the name of fun. It is improv and because of that you never know exactly what is going to happen, but as an ensemble we have agreed to certain boundaries of content.

I hope this sufficiently answers your question(s) and I hope you’ll come and see FourPlay with your whole family. It runs at 10pm Fridays and Saturdays through September 23, and Matinees on Sundays in September.

If you’d like more information about it go to

I also recommend for your entertainment pleasure our classic signature improv comedy show “Duel of Fools,” which will run at 8pm.

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I will have more to say about this in subsequent posts, but I will add that I get a little anxious over the whole "family-friendly," "family-oriented" thing.


The Daily City® said...

That has to be the longest, most drawn-out response to an email I've ever seen. Are we SAK or Nabisco?

David Russell said...

If you want to educate an audience you sometimes have to go beyond "Yes, it's going to be kept clean." and that that is right out of the Nabisco Company Manual my friend.